Medical Marijuana Utah Frequently Asked Questions

Medical Marijuana Utah FAQ

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The Utah marijuana laws are fairly simple to understand, however, there is some confusion surrounding certain areas of the Utah medical cannabis program and Proposition 2 in Utah. 

Is medical marijuana legal in Utah?

Yes, medical marijuana has been legal in Utah since 2018. You can purchase various forms of medical marijuana from dispensaries such as flowers, tablets, capsules, concentrated oil, liquid suspension, transdermal preparation, gelatinous cube, and wax or resin.

You are limited to purchasing a certain amount of cannabis products within a 30-day period. Within this 30-day period, qualifying patients are able to purchase and may not exceed the following amounts:

  • 113 grams of unprocessed cannabis (flower); and
  • 20 grams of total composite THC in all other medicinal dosage forms.

And if you are caught with possession of more than the following amounts that exceed the 30-day dosing amount you can be charged with a misdemeanor.  

Is recreational marijuana in Utah?

Recreational marijuana in Utah is illegal. If you are found in possession of recreational marijuana Utah considers this to be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the amount if you do not have a Medical Marijuana card. 

How do I get a medical card in Utah?

In order to get a medical marijuanas card in Utah, you’ll need to be a Utah resident and have at least one medical marijuana qualifying medical condition that will need to be certified by a qualified medical professional. 

At Elevate Holistics we offer telehealth services. You can get certified from the comfort of your own home.

Once your condition has been certified you can create your account and apply for a Medical Cannabis Card online. When applying for your medical marijuana card, you’ll need to submit certain documents electronically in order to qualify using a valid email address. You’ll need to submit a digital copy of a valid photo ID proving you’re a Utah resident – a driver’s license, a state ID card, a US passport, or a military ID. 

It will cost you $15 to apply for your Utah medical card and it may take up to two weeks for you to receive your card in the mail once your application is approved. 

What are the qualifying conditions for a medical card in Utah?

The qualifying conditions under the Utah Medical Cannabis Act are listed below:

Is CBD legal in Utah?

Yes, CBDs and CBD oil in Utah are legal as long as the products contain less than 0.3% THC. If the products contain more than this amount you will need to have your Utah medical card to purchase the products.

The following types of CBD products have been approved by the state: 

  • Capsules
  • Tablets
  • Oral liquids
  • Topicals
  • Concentrated Oil
  • Rectangular or Cubed Gummies
  • Sublingual Oils

Are edibles legal in Utah?

Edibles are not legal in Utah. The only forms of medical marijuana allowed under the Utah Medical Cannabis Act are tablet, capsule, concentrated oil, liquid suspension, transdermal preparation, gelatinous cube, and unprocessed cannabis flower in a blister pack with no more than one gram of flower pods in each individual blister, and Wax or resin.

Does Utah have marijuana dispensaries?

Yes, marijuana dispensaries are found in Utah. However, there are not many throughout the state. There have been 15 medical cannabis pharmacy licenses by the Utah Department of Health and Human Services. And you are able to purchase your medical marijuana products from any Utah dispensary as you are not assigned to anyone in particular. If you are not a Utah resident but have a medical cannabis card from another state you are allowed to purchase from a Utah dispensary. But you must have one of the qualifying conditions that is listed in the Utah law.

What doctors can prescribe medical marijuana in Utah?

You can find a list of medical providers on the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) website. Medical providers must register with the UDOH as Qualified Medical Providers (QMPs). These doctors can specialize in all types of specialties – Utah-licensed medical doctor (MD), osteopathic physician (DO), advanced practice registered nurse (ARPN), doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), or physician assistant (PA) with a Utah-controlled substance license. 

Can you get your medical card under 18?

Yes, patients under 18 years old can get a medical card. However, the application will be reviewed by the Compassionate Use Board and the minor cannot get a medical cannabis card without their parent or legal guardian. The parent or legal guardian will need to obtain a medical cannabis guardian card. 

The Compassionate Use Board is a board of seven providers that will review all card applications from patients under the age of 21. This is done on a case-by-case basis before any medical cannabis card can be issued you’ll need to submit your medical cannabis card application, petition the Board, and wait for it to be approved by the Board and the Utah Department of Health. 

Here are the two cards  – guardian cards, and provisional patient cards. 

Guardian Cards: As a parent or legal guardian of a minor are able to obtain these cards in order for the minor to consume medical cannabis. These cards are issued in conjunction with provisional patient cards. 

Provisional Patient Cards: If a minor under the age of 18 meets certain eligibility requirements they are able to consume medical cannabis. These are issued in conjunction with guardian cards. It will require approval from the Compassionate Use Board. 

Here’s how to apply for a Medical cannabis guardian card for patients younger than 18:

STEP 1: Set up an appointment with Elevate Holistics or another medical provider to get recommended for medical cannabis. 

STEP 2: Create your account in the Guardian’s name, by going to id.utah.gov. 

STEP 3: Review the EVS user guide and start the online application. You’ll need a Utah state ID card.

STEP 4: Once your guardian profile is completed in the EVS you’ll be in “awaiting certification” status. The qualified medical professional will then enter their certification and recommendation.

STEP 5: You’ll then be able to pay the medical cannabis card application fee online by returning to the patient’s guardian profile in the EVS. 

STEP 6: The medical records for treatment related to the condition will need to be uploaded online for the Compassionate Use Board Petition. 

STEP 7: The guardian will need to complete the background check forms. Once the payment has been received the Department of Health will contact guardians via email to begin the background check process.

STEP 8: DHHS will review the medical cannabis card application as well as the medical cannabis guardian card application to confirm that all of the requirements have been met. For minor patients younger than age 18, this process can take 90 days or less to be completed. This takes longer because it must be reviewed by the Compassionate Use Board.

STEP 9: Providing that all requirements have been met, you can expect that the DHHS will issue the medical cannabis guardian card and the provisional patient card. You can expect to receive both the patient’s guardian card and their minor’s provisional patient card by email. You are able to save this in your email or print them out. 

STEP 10: Now the patient’s guardian is able to purchase medical cannabis from a licensed medical cannabis pharmacy. When you go to purchase medical cannabis, you’ll need to bring your patient’s guardian cannabis card along with a valid form of photo identification. This can be a driver’s license, passport, or state-issued ID. 

Can I grow my own weed in Utah?

No, you cannot grow weed in the state of Utah. Growing weed in Utah with or without a medical marijuana patient’s card is not permitted. And depending on the amount of marijuana you are found growing you will be faced with a misdemeanor or felony charge for possession. All patients must purchase cannabis from a state-licensed dispensary. 

How much would a medical cannabis card cost in Utah?

When you first create an account with the Utah Department of Health and Services, you’ll be required to pay an initial fee of $15. The renewal fee is $15 and you’ll need to renew your card every six months. 

There is also a fee associated with medical marijuana doctor visits. This consultation fee will vary depending on the doctor.  At Elevate Holistics we offer affordable online appointments starting at $75 per session.

Here are the costs of the different MMJ cards:

  • Patient Card (initial): $15
  • Patient Card (six-month renewal): $15
  • Guardian Card (initial): $68.25
  • Guardian Card (six-month renewal): $24
  • Caregiver Card (initial): $68.25
  • Caregiver Card (six-month renewal): $14
  • Non-Utah Resident Card (initial & renewal): $15
  • In Utah, what’s the difference between a recommendation letter and a medical cannabis card?

    Prior to December 31st, 2020, residents in Utah could receive a recommendation letter from an approved physician that allowed the purchase of medical cannabis from just one pharmacy in the state. Medical cannabis cards, however, allow for the purchase of medical cannabis from any dispensary in Utah. 

    In 2021, a recommendation letter will no longer be valid for cannabis purchases. 

  • How do I obtain a medical card in Utah?

    To obtain a medical card in Utah, you first must go to a qualified medical provider (QMP) to get evaluated. If you have a qualifying medical condition and are approved, you then must go to medicalcannabis.utah.gov to apply for the actual card. Typically, this process takes about two weeks from the date of application. 

    Those who are not Utah residents, do not meet with a certified medical provider/qualify, or do not pay the required fee cannot receive their medical cannabis card. 

  • What are the qualifying medical conditions needed to get a medical card? What if my condition doesn’t qualify?

    Utah has various qualifying medical conditions. The extensive list is as follows:

    • HIV or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
    • Cancer
    • Cachexia
    • Persistent nausea that is not significantly responsive to traditional treatment, except for nausea related to:
      • pregnancy
      • cannabis-induced cyclic vomiting syndrome
      • cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome
    • Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
    • Epilepsy or debilitating seizures
    • Multiple sclerosis or persistent and debilitating muscle spasms
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that is being treated and monitored by a licensed health therapist and that:
      • has been diagnosed by a healthcare provider by the Veterans Administration and documented in the patient’s record; or
      • has been diagnosed or confirmed by evaluation from a psychiatrist, doctorate psychologist, a doctorate licensed clinical social worker, or a psychiatric APRN
    • Autism
    • A terminal illness when the patient’s life expectancy is less than six months
    • A condition resulting in the individual receiving hospice care
    • A rare condition or disease that affects less than 200,000 individuals in the U.S., as defined in federal law, and that is not adequately managed despite treatment attempts using conventional medications (other than opioids or opiates) or physical interventions
    • Pain lasting longer than two weeks that is not adequately managed, in the qualified medical provider’s opinion, despite treatment attempts using conventional medications other than opioids or opiates or physical interventions

    If your medical condition is not on this list, you may choose to petition the Compassionate Use Board, arguing your case. Then, the Board will review the petition and approve/deny it on a case-by-case basis.

  • What forms of cannabis are allowed for possession in Utah?

    In Utah, the law prohibits the smoking of dried cannabis flower, as well as edible marijuana products. Medical marijuana patients are legally allowed to possess the following forms:

    • Tablet
    • Capsule
    • Concentrated oil
    • Liquid suspension
    • Transdermal preparation
    • Gelatinous cube
    • Unprocessed cannabis flower in a tamper-evident and resistant container that is opaque that contains a quantity that varies no more than 10% from the stated weight at the time of packaging
    • Wax or resin
    • Medical cannabis device such as a vaping pen that warms cannabis material into a vapor without the use of a flame and that delivers cannabis to an individual’s respiratory system

  • How much cannabis can patients possess/purchase at once?

    Medical patients can possess up to 113 grams of unprocessed cannabis flower and up to 20 grams of total THC in all other medicinal forms within a 30-day period.

  • How long are medical cannabis cards good for, and how much do they cost?

    For first-time patients, your medical cannabis card is good for 90 days after being issued. Within those three months, you must renew your card or it will no longer be valid. Once renewed the first time, subsequent renewals happen every six months to one year depending on what your QMP determines. 

    The fees for your medical card are as follows:

    • Patient Card (initial): $15
    • Patient Card (first 30-day renewal): $5
    • Patient Card (six-month renewal): $15
    • Guardian Card (initial): $66.25
    • Guardian Card (first 30-day renewal): $5
    • Guardian Card (six-month renewal): $24
    • Caregiver Card (initial): $66.25
    • Caregiver Card (six-month renewal): $14

  • Where can I purchase medical cannabis in Utah?

    There are a handful of licensed medical dispensaries throughout Utah. Feel free to check out websites like Weedmaps or Leafly to see if there is a dispensary near you.

  • Where can I find approved medical providers to recommend medicinal cannabis?

    You can find a list of approved medical providers on the Utah Department of Health’s website. These QMPs have been certified as qualified by UDOH, and the list will continually be updated. 

  • Does Utah offer renter or employee protection for qualified patients?

    Technically, medical users are not a protected class, so there are no protections set in place for renters or employees. 

    These rules are slightly modified for state and local government professionals, as cannabis is treated similarly to opiates/opioids: impairment or affected job performance can result in termination.

  • If I don’t have a medical card, can I purchase low-THC CBD oils and similar products?

    Yes! As per federal and state law, CBD products derived from hemp are legal for possession and consumption as long as the product contains less than 0.3% THC.

  • Where can I check for medical cannabis updates in Utah?

    To stay updated on the rules and regulations regarding medical cannabis in Utah, you can check the Utah Medical Program’s website

  • Can you use an out-of-state medical card to buy cannabis in Utah?

    You can purchase medical cannabis with an out-of-state medical card only if you got your card for one of the qualifying medical conditions that Utah has listed in their program. You also must still abide by Utah’s dosage and consumption method regulations. 

    If you are a new Utah resident, you may use your out-of-state medical card for the first 45 days. After that amount of time, the card is no longer and valid and you must apply for a Utah medical cannabis card. 

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